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1 November 2013, 08:46
Essex Police say a man has been left with a broken jaw during an unprovoked assault in Harlow.
The victim, a 39-year-old, was walking along Hookfield at around 11.10pm on Saturday (26 October)when they were approached by three men who shouted abuse at them.
One of the men then approached the victim from behind and punched him to the back of the head and then continued to repeatedly punch him.
The victim was then attacked by two men and kicked whilst on the ground.
The attackers then ran off as a member of the public came out of a nearby house to investigate the noise.
The first man, the initial attacker, is described as white, 5ft 9in tall, of skinny build, mid to late 20s, with short dark hair. He was wearing a navy blue long sleeve top.
The second man is described as white, 5ft 11in, of skinny build, around 18 to 19 years old, with short dark hair. He was also wearing a dark coloured long sleeve top and jeans.
The third man is described as roughly the same age.
Police are keen to hear from anyone with information about the assault or who may have seen the three men running from the location.
PC James Bull said: "This was a particularly cowardly attack by these men on a man who was minding his own business on a trip to the shops on a Saturday night. The victim suffered severe facial injuries which have required surgery to his jaw.
"No-one should be allowed to get away with this and we would urge anyone with information about the people responsible to contact us immediately. They can call me at Harlow Police on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."